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(VIDEO) Gypsy Moth Spraying Awakens Hopkins Residents

The plane was spraying parts of Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Edina.

Hopkins residents awoke to a low-flying plane roaring through the skies early Tuesday morning. 

The plane circled over Hopkins from 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. as part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's gypsy moth eradication program.

Tuesday's treatment covered a 136-acre area in parts of Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Edina—mostly to the northeast of the intersection of Highways 169 and 62, according to the department. Although Hopkins was not in the treatment area, the plane had to fly over parts of surrounding communities to reposition itself.

Gypsy moths are tree pests that can defoliate large sections of forests.

Matt May 24, 2011 at 02:11 PM
There was just an article in the Strib that there would be low flying planes in the metro area spraying for gypsy moths.
Brad Koehn May 25, 2011 at 04:32 AM
I saw that aircraft landing at Anoka/Blaine Airport as I was doing some flight training today.

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